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Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

Dayton, Ohio - The Dayton Dragons rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to battle back from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 4-3 at Fifth Third Field.  The win gave the Dragons their second “walk-off” victory of the season.

West Michigan scored an unearned run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie.  But the Dragons began their comeback when Jimmy Pickens opened the bottom of the ninth with a single off the glove of second baseman Joey Pankake.  Garrett Boulware’s sacrifice moved Pickens to second.  Narciso Crook and Luis Gonzalez drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with one out.  Wendell Soto followed with a line drive single to center to drive in Pickens and tie the game at 3-3, but Crook was tagged out at home on the play as he tried to score from second for the second out.  Brian O’Grady walked to load the bases.  Ronald Bueno followed with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.  West Michigan first baseman Giancarlo Brugnoni went hard to his right, knocked the ball down, picked it up, and flipped to pitcher Johan Belisario covering first.  The throw beat Bueno to the bag, but Belisario was past the base when he took the throw in full stride, allowing Gonzalez to score the winning run from third.

The Dragons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Boulware singled with one out to drive in Pickens from second, who scored with a great reaching slide to get around the tag.  West Michigan tied the game in the fifth and took the lead with one run in the top of the sixth.  The Dragons evened the score in the bottom of the sixth when Gavin LaValley doubled and scored from second on Boulware’s two-out single.

Dragons starting pitcher Mark Armstrong worked the first five and one-third innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and five strikeouts.  Jake Ehret provided an exceptional outing in relief of Armstrong, retiring all eight batters he faced with six strikeouts.  Brian Hunter (1-1) allowed an unearned run in the top of the ninth but was credited with the win.

The Dragons collected eight hits.  Boulware was 2 for 3 with two RBI.  Soto was 2 for 4 with the game-tying RBI.

The Dragons (8-9) host the Whitecaps (8-9) in the last game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as Dayton goes for a sweep of the three-game set.  Tyler Mahle (1-1, 2.87) will pitch for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Fernando Perez (0-2, 5.40).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com.  Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  Prior to the game, the Dragons placed outfielder Aristides Aquino on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.  Aquino was hit by a pitch from West Michigan’s A.J. Ladwig in the first inning Friday night.  Typical healing time for this injury is four-to-six weeks.  Outfielder Jonathan Reynoso was promoted to Dayton from extended spring training.  Reynoso appeared in 52 games for the Dragons in 2014, batting .229 with no home runs and 13 runs batted in.
Dragons Battle Back for Walk-Off Win, 4-3

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jimmy Nelson won his career-best third consecutive start and the Milwaukee Brewers rode a six-run fifth inning to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

Six Brewers each drove in one run as Milwaukee extended its best winning streak in more than a year to seven games. Adam Lind homered and Jean Segura had three hits, helping suddenly explosive Milwaukee has scored 47 runs in the first six games of the current road trip.

The winning streak is the Brewers' longest since they won nine straight from April 4 through April 13, 2014.

Nelson (6-8) overcame solo home runs by Marlon Byrd and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to last 5 2-3 innings. He gave up eight hits and three runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kei Kamara set up Ethan Finlay's two goals, and the Columbus Crew rallied to beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday night.

The Kamara-to-Finlay connection was a role reversal for the league leaders in goals (Kamara 12) and assists (Finlay 10).

Finlay punched in Kamara's header to give Columbus the lead in the 74th minute. The Crew (6-6-6) held on from there and moved ahead of the Red Bulls (6-6-5) in the Eastern Conference standings.

Anatole Abang put the Red Bulls in front in the eighth minute, beating goalkeeper Steve Clark with a roller inside the far post.

Finlay tied it in the 33rd, taking a flick header from Kamara, cutting back and curling a left-footed shot into the net. Clark was credited with an assist on the long ball to Kamara.

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch was sent off in stoppage time.

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